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Hurricane Irma Update

Posted on September 08, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTax PublicationsTrade Publications

Hurricane Irma is currently a category 4 hurricane that is expected to impact Florida over the weekend.This large powerful storm will cause supply chain disruptions over the next few days, and longer depending on the amount of damage sustained by the area.As of now cargo airline operations out of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale will be closed through Monday.The U.S. Coast Guard currently expects the closures of Port Miami and Port Everglades Saturday.Please check in at www.allynintl.com for the latest on Hurricane Irma. Furthermore, if you have questions about freight that is moving to or... Read More

Bigger May Not Be Better

Posted on September 04, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

With the global container volume being reported as growing faster than it has in six years, optimism is high in the industry. According to London based shipping analyst, Drewry, most of the growth is from major east-west trades, where volumes are up 6 percent from this time last year. Asia-Mediterranean routes are up almost 10 percent and Asia-north Europe volume is up 4 percent. Drewry gathered statistics from 150 sites around the world and announced that container handling grew by 6.6 percent in the first half of this year.Earlier this year Drewry predicted an operating profit of $1.5 billion for the container shipping industry but,... Read More

Impact of High Speed Rail on Logistics in China

Posted on September 01, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

With the rapid expansion of high-speed railway (HSR) in China, railways gradually speed up and bridge the speed gap between railway and civil aviation, thus, impose a great impact on the logistical competitiveness of civil aviation. High-speed rail service in China was introduced April 18, 2007, and has become immensely popular. With ridership exceeding 1.44 billion in 2016, China's HSR service was the most heavily used in the world. The advent of HSR has had a transformative impact on Chinese society and economy, including logistics. One example is on the supply chain of food. The rapid expansion of high-speed rail could significantly boost... Read More

Hurricane Harvey Update

Posted on August 31, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

The impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area continues to be felt. There is still flooding in Texas and Louisiana, and it should continue for the rest of the week.Houston’s two main airports Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Hobby (HOU) opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday 8/30, but flights are still somewhat limited.The ports of Galveston and Freeport reopened Thursday 8/31.All Port of Houston facilities are also closed, as is the port of Corpus Christi. They remain closed for damage assessments of the shipping channels and hope to be operational later this week.If you have any... Read More

NASCAR and Logistics

Posted on August 30, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

The National Association of Stock Car Racing (NASCAR), hailed by many fans as not only an interest but a lifestyle as well, can be a nightmare in the world of logistics. To the casual fan, the logistics of bringing a race car to the track is simple: the team loads the racecar, the truck driver heads to the racetrack, rinse and repeat. Sadly, this process is overlooked by the majority of fans. We know these haulers exist, as it is a monumental moment when they pass us on the highway. Every fan knows that inside that hauler, there is an 85... Read More

Cargo Theft - Tips to Reduce Your Risk

Posted on August 22, 2017. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

Believe it or not, cargo theft is a multi-billion dollar problem every year for shippers and carriers. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that number also continues to grow. Thieves are drawn to the fact that trucks and warehouses can contain very expensive goods, producing high returns for fairly low-risk operations. Buyers always exist for these goods because people rarely ask questions when receiving a highly profitable deal. In addition, the ability to sell items over the internet allows for speedy transactions, concealed identities, and unsubstantiated information regarding the origin of the goods.So what should you be doing... Read More

The Future of Truck Platooning

Posted on August 18, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Truck platooning, which uses technologies that allow for two or more trucks to communicate wirelessly while remaining in close proximity, has the touted benefits of reducing congestion, cutting down on accidents caused by human-error and significantly decreasing CO2 emissions by making use of tailwind drafts leading to reductions in fuel usage by up to 10 percent.Per the American Trucking Associations (ATA), long-haul trucking currently accounts for approximately 70 percent of all freight movement within the continental U.S. A quick back of envelope calculation reveals that by moving to platooning, the trucking industry could save around $4.3 billion annually in fuel costs... Read More

Avoiding Common Incoterms Mistakes

Posted on August 08, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Incoterms provide a set of international guidelines used to designate the responsible party in trade interactions. They were created to make international trade easier and to provide standardized terms to be used across the board. And while most in the trade industry have had training on Incoterms, they are continually misused, leading to increased costs and risks.Below is a list of common, yet easily avoidable Incoterms mistakes:1. Incorrect ModesCertain Incoterms are specific to certain transportation modes.  The terms FAS, FOB, CFR, and CIF are clearly defined for use in sea and inland waterway transport.Additionally, the four... Read More

More Updates to Allyn's ALA Touch Mobile App

Posted on July 27, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Advanced searches Allyn International's Allyn Logistics Application (ALA) has long been one of the most efficient and useful TMS software solutions available, due to its comprehensive functionality and flexibility. And while ALA's standard functionality provides in depth tracking information a number of ways, via email tracking reports and an online tracking search, use has traditionally required a computer and an internet connection. The issue is that all our customers are not always at their desks when they need tracking information.Allyn has developed and released the mobile application ALA Touch, just for this reason. Now field technicians, site material... Read More

India, Samples, and Export Paperwork

Posted on July 11, 2017. Category: Logistics Publications

Most people in the export industry are aware of the complications regarding shipping goods to India.  While many businesses operate globally and have facilities in the United States and India, concerns still arise with customs, duties, and requirements for additional paperwork.  Indeed, shipping no-cost items to India has become more arduous within the last 30 days.There are rules regarding no-cost samples sent to India, and some of the rules are easily located on Customs India.  However, there are recent changes that can only be learned by experience, which we will impart to you in this article... Read More

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